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    making mugs, throwing on my new treadle wheel! i know..., digging my own clay and processing it, honing favorite forms, selling pots!

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  1. Yeah, and I think you nailed it with, "most people who want one are happy to build their own." That's what I did! Hahahaha Thanks Neil for your input. Maybe I'll just have to see if anyone ends up asking me about mine. Thanks all! Your wisdom is much appreciated!
  2. Thank you! I think you're right, naming it a "Leach" wheel would probably get me in some sort of trouble. No, the layout doesn't have to be flipped to have the wheel spin the other direction. I can crank it counter or clockwise both with my left leg. I think the idea is that if you throw in a counter clockwise manner you'd probably want your right leg to be stable. Maybe less body stress? If you wanted it clockwise, you'd just want to build the wheel flipped like you said so your kick leg is your right leg. It would be interesting to make an all-metal treadle that you could unbolt to move through doors. Or at least if welded up make it less wide than any potential doorways. It sounds like you've been contemplating making one! Also thanks for your input, it is much appreciated.
  3. Yes, you are correct! There are some halfway decent plans out there, and one of the grandson's names is Simon Leach that you are talking about. He is having an Amish craftsman make them and they are beautiful, and they are also $2500 just for the kit, plus crating and shipping charges. I think he is out of PA though. What I've found is that although hardwood is beautiful, it is not necessary to make a nice, beautiful, strong, and well-functioning wheel. I guess that is where I was thinking there may be a possible market. I think Neil might be right about those who want to use one will probably just build it themselves or buy a hardwood one. Thank you so much for your input! This is helping me think through much more!
  4. Thank you for the concern! Sorry for the confusion, I listed this with the Leach name so folks would know the type of wheel I am talking about. I would not name it with their name. And I have modified their design to my own liking. Thanks for the input!
  5. Hi folks, it's been awhile. I've still been throwing pots and being a potter. Recently I made a leach style treadle wheel and I love it. It was made with less expensive materials, pine instead of hardwood, and a couple other decisions I made that kept cost down. I'm thinking I might be able to make a Leach style Treadle Wheel for about $1000, unfinished. Maybe $1200 painted. Do the wise sages of this ceramics board have any idea if there would be any sort of market for this? Here's my thought. I've always wanted one of these wheels, and my buddy came across some abandoned homemade versions that were all piecemeal and rusted. But I salvaged them and learned how to build the wheel, and it works really well. I finally have my dream wheel, and I didn't have to spend $2500 on it. Maybe there would be more treadlers if the wheel was more affordable? I'd love advice if you are in a helpful and loving spirit. Thanks all!
  6. @grype and @benzine: That's very kind, thank you. @leeu: Here is an example of another cup. The green shows the inside of the cup. Notice the inside doesn't go all the way down to the foot. The foot is trimmed out. The blue shows where the drain hole is. When a cup is upside down in a dishwasher, instead of gathering water inside the foot ring, the water drains out via the drain hole. Also, this cup has it's drain hole clogged with glaze. Always learning Thanks Biglou13 for explaining. The link you shared illustrates the point too in a different way.
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    Phillip Schmidt Pottery

    www.phillip-schmidt.com I make functional redux-fired pieces. I try to keep things simple, which is harder than it seems even with mud.
  8. Good idea. I love the yunomi shape. I don't use them for tea all that much, but I just like to use them for anything. You will get a lot of flak from some people if you are not from Japan or don't have their specified "credentials" to be calling your work yunomi, but I think that is hogwash. Don't let others get to you, and make what you enjoy. John's advice is great. The same goes for mugs...or anything really. Drink a lot of hot drinks out of a lot of mugs, and you will quickly find things you like and don't like about the pieces you are using. Obviously everything is preferential to your likes and dislikes, but that's part of what makes your art interesting to others. I prefer tall feet on my cups, because I have this idea in my head of a child in class that desperately wants to be called on by the teacher, and this child is standing on the chair with their hand as high as it can go to get the teacher's attention. The cup is begging to be used. And I started really liking a drainage hole so that when it is washed in a dishwasher it doesn't collect a pond of dirty food water. here are a few of mine:
  9. do you want critique? pm me if you do
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    american shino

    Thanks everyone! I just noticed this page...didn't know it existed with comments! Mregecko, this is a fireclay stoneware body from www.continentalclay.com. Fired in a hot cone 10 redux firing. (probably more like a cone 10.5).
  11. The flame pattern on this tile is remarkable.The texture on the clay surface works well. Your wadding marks tell a nice story. I do wish I could see more angles, how thick the piece is, and a closeup of the texture. It is difficult to see how large the tile is as the background information doesn't lend much for guessing. Nice tile!
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    veiled cup

    Thanks Biglou for the critique! You seem to know a lot about Japanese culture and language. It was fun looking up those words and figuring out what you were talking about. Now I see why you wanted to see the inside of the cup and the bottom of the foot. The reflection on the cup was a great critique, something I need to consider even when taking photos on the fly like I did here. Having a background in photography would be helpful--I have none. About the cup-- I have borrowed the form of the yunomi from the Japanese, but I have no history with it and prefer to simply call it a cup, thus the name of the photo "Veiled Cup." You rightfully give me a little flak for borrowing on the traditional yunomi form, however because I make no claim to know anything about the tea ceremony, Japanese tea culture, or Japan in general, I am okay with taking the flak and moving on. The yunomi form has influenced me in a positive way in which I love making it, but other than that the cultural references are neutral as I live in N. America. So instead I make the yunomi form in a way of respect because I simply enjoy it. Therefore regarding my cup looking like it was made from a gaijin and my foot being unusually large, I am okay with this. I am a gaijin and proud of it. The glaze was very interesting on this cup, which is why I called it Veiled cup. The glaze is a clear glaze but became almost milky in some parts, which I tried to capture in the picture. This milky veiling really set off the cup's form nicely too. Thanks for the time and effort you put in to this critique Biglou! I appreciate it!
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    Warren Mackenzie Grey. It's a cone 10 Redux glaze. Mac Grey Glaze: 50 Custer Feldspar 25 Whiting 25 Kaolin (I chose EPK)
  14. Relaxing while baby boy naps

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